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I’ve bookmarked this recipe from Cindy’s where’s the beef? ages ago, but only today I got a chance to tried it out. They are really easy to prepare, no chopping required, but tasted soooo yum.. changed the recipe a bit, I used crumbled walnut instead of pecans. Just because they’re on special, and already crumbled, so no further chopping required ($1.79!). I also add worcestershire about 1 tbsp, other than that, the recipe is perfect as it is. Cindy also made the vegan version of it, and they look as good as the vegetarian one.

I served the rolls with some crunchy salad on the side (it came from a bag, straight out of supermarket), and watermelon and feta salad. We’re currently in love with this salad, we probably had at least 3 times this week, its perfect for a hot summer day. sweet, salty, cool, and minty. Even though it’s technically a salad, but we treated it as a dessert, we ate it after our meal.

ingredients :

  • half a wedge of watermelon (about 500g)
  • 100 g crumbled feta cheese (the saltier, the better, more contrast)
  • a handful mint leaves, chopped

dressing :

  • 1 tbsp lemon / lime juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

diced the watermelon 2×2 cm, top with feta, mint leaves, drizzle the dressing over the salad, and mix.

most recipe I found add chopped red onion, but I just don’t like the taste of raw onion.

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A few days ago, my house mate cooked up butter chicken with her slow cooker, it looked yummy and smelt sooooooo good!! That night,unfortunately, I had to satisfied with my boring looking stir-fried vegies with boiled eggs..  The next day, I tried to recreate the vegetarian version of the creamy-orange looking curry. I searched for vegetarian butter – chicken recipe to find out what’s in the sauce. Most recipes seemed pretty simple, and I can pretty find all the ingredients in the pantry. In the end, I made up my own recipe, inspired by all recipes I found. The end result was a huge pot full of smooth-mild curry, not as sweet as butter chicken curry sauce, but waaay better than any other curries I made in the past. That’s why I decided to post my recipe here. On the side, was jasmine rice, (I know, it’s supposed to be basmati rice, but I didn’t have any) cooked with 4 – 5 crushed cardamom pods.

I reduced the amount of peanut butter (1/4 cup into 1 tbsp) because I simply run out of it, I think the curry would be much creamier if I add more. I also downsized the amount of butter in the recipe, I don’t know why, but I tend to reduce any butter in every recipes I found. One more thing, instead of heavy cream, I used light sour cream.

In food processor, blend until smooth:

  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp curry powder (I used keens)
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • salt and peper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 medium potatoes (boiled, to shorten cooking process)
  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 bunch of green beans
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream / sour cream / coconut milk / soy cream
  • 3 tbsp butter / margarine
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter (I used macro smooth peanut butter)
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes

melt 1 tbsp butter, and stir fry the onion mixture for 3-4 min

add tin tomatoes, stir and scrape the bottom of the pan to release some of the onion bits stuck on it, add peanut butter, bring to a boil.

throw in the vegies, add some hot water if its too thick, cook uncovered  for 10 min, season with salt and pepper.

turn of the stove, stir the rest of the butter / margarine, and stir in the cream.

Serve with rice or naan.

For the past few weeks, we’ve been spending our Saturday running around -amazing race style- doing inspection marathon. What a stressful activity! with all the adrenalin,finding the right address, got lost, got pissed, arguing about which way to go, catching another tram to the next house / flat..pheeww..! Each inspection only lasts 15 – 30 min, and if the property located in popular suburb and close to public transport, there always at least 10 people looking as well. I found that inspection is kinda funny in a way, you can see in people’s eyes, when they see another couple arrived at the property, they look slightly pissed. And they try to limit interaction with each other, I think, in their mind would be sort of like “hmmm, we’re competing for this house.., better avoid eye contact!” (or, maybe not, I probably just imagining it).

Last Saturday, we went out around 9am, fully charged with coffee, and half a croissant (we share 1 croissant, we’ve got nothing else at that time). About 3 hours, 3 properties and 2 blisters later, (I stupidly wear my new shoes – NEVER wear new pair of shoes for inspection marathon, stick to your havaianas) we were famished and cranky.

We decided to go to A1 bakery, because other breakfast places must be really busy at that time, and we didn’t have any energy left to wait longer. It was quite busy when we got there, but luckily, there were still some empty tables around. The scene was different form other cafes we usually go to, most of the customers are families, or locals. We ordered the same stuff, spinach and cheese pastry, $3.50 each (how uncreative, I know, but low blood sugar level shut down our creativity). while we’re waiting for our pastry reheated, we couldn’t resist to buy the baklavas ($1 each, but if I bought $5, I always get 1 extra 🙂 ). I ended up eating the pastry, and saved the baklava for dessert. My hubby, has interesting way of eating them, he had 1 bite of pastry, and then 1 bite of his baklava, and his pastry again..weird! his tastebuds must be soooo confused..  The spinach and cheese pastry were really good, stuffed with generous salty chunks of feta, and fresh spinach, wrapped in crisp golden pastry. The spinach and cheese pastry was a huge triangle, sliced in three smaller triangles.The amount of cheese was just right, not overpowering the spinach, yet still satisfying.

The baklava – sheets of filo pastry, nuts, drizzle with syrup, and sprinkled with crushed pistachio. Very sweet, rich, and sticky (in a good way). I try to be good, and resisted the temptation to buy baklava to take home, because we still had some tiramisu left in the fridge. (I wil post the recipe later). On the way out, we saw a couple sharing a huge plate of pizza, automatically we exchanged glance, and telepathically said “we got to try that one!”

A1 Bakery – 645-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick, (9386 0440)

My other half, is lucky enough to study at a uni that only a stone throw away from a cheap pizza place – Lucky Coq, he went there quite a lot, I even have to remind him to limit his pizza intake to twice a week. I’m worried he might get a pizza overdose, i.e. fat. hehe.. The pizza here are soooo cheap, at lunch (12-4pm) and dinner time (7-11pm), they only cost $4. One day, we decided to meet there for dinner, I think it was on friday night, a couple of week ago. We arrived around 7 and it was already crazily busy!Packed with hip and trendy people, there was even a velvet gate outside the door, the music were loud, some people even hanging around on the bar waiting for a table. We almost gave up, but I, (travelled all the way from east brunswick, catching a tram and train on peak hour, got of at richmond, and catch another train..) refused to give up! We finally got a seat just next to the kitchen window, not the best spot! The pizza took about half an hour, and we had to buy  drinks to distract ourselves from hunger, our drink cost more than the pizza, ($8 each for corona, and a riesling). Our pizza finally arrived, I had melanzana (eggplant) and he had salmon pizza. The pizza were good, the crust were chewy, not too thin, and they were quite satisfying. I actually took pictures of them, but they were sooooo bad, because the place was really dim, and our pizza were half eaten – messily.So, for the sake of this blog, (hehe, don’t you love it when you have an excuse to eat out?), we went back there on lunch time the other day.

This time, instead of picking me up at the station, we decided to meet lucky coq. Being a person without a sense of direction, it was a disaster! I was lost, it’s really embarassing, I mean, I went to chapel street quite a lot, but somehow I’m still lost! from the station, I walked opposite direction where I should’ve walk, further away from the place, urrgghh, it was frustating! A few angry-desperate text messages and directions later, we finally sat happily in quite empty Lucky Coq- I think it was around 3.30 pm. Anyway, all the lost drama aside, lets move on to the pizza. I had potato and taleggio pizza ($4), and this time, it only took a few minutes for our pizza to arrived.yaaaayy..!!

The topping was quite simple, potato, rosemary, and taleggio cheese. The potato slices were a little to thick, it fell apart when I tried to lift a slice of pizza t my mouth. But, I found a better way to eat it, I mashed the potato first with the fork. The cheese were quite strong, but really really good, it goes well with the simple topping. You can see from the picture, the greasy goodness glistening on the topping. (NOT healthy but so good!!).

Meanwhile – sorry for vegetarians – on the other side o the table, he had morrocan lamb pizza, with rocket leaves and sultanas (he’s still in transition to be a vegies, I choose not to push him into it, as it’s a personal lifestyle choice, but mostly, he eats vegie food). He thought it was quite good, but likes my pizza better, I guess it’s the taleggio. All in all, it was a better experience, we left happy and satisfied, besides, what could possibly goes wrong with $4 pizza? 🙂 I will definitely going back to try their dessert pizza.

Lucky Coq – 179 Chapel St, Windsor 3181 (95251288)

I’m currently in love with these bombs, they go with everything! spaghetti, noodles, rice, couscous..you name it! All I need to do is make a little adjustments, If I want to eat them with pasta, I just use Italian herbs such as basil, or oregano. In this post, I have them with stir fried flat rice noodle and vegies, so I added chopped up coriander and rolled them in flour and sesame seeds before shallow frying them. We ended up eating the rest of the balls with sweet chilli sauce as a ‘dessert’.  Next time, I’m thinking to add some nori flakes, and have them with soba or udon noodles. 😉

broccoli pesto I really3x love broccoli (hence the blog name),  I always buy them every week. Unfortunately, my friend told me that, unless organic, they are heavily sprayed, and the tiny florets catch all the chemicals. So from now on, I always buy organic broccoli, they cost a bit more, but I think it’s worth it. They tend to be a bit smaller, just like other organic produce i suppose, they look cuter, and it actually saves chopping time :), which is a good thing.  I don’t buy all my vegies organic, I can’t really afford it, I wish I could. For now,I get, maybe 2 – 3 types of organic vegs in each shopping trip. This recipe is inspired by 101 cookbooks recipe, with a little changes.

Ingredients :

  • 1 small – medium head of broccoli
  • 1 handful basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup parmesan / soy cheese
  • 1 clove garlic (i regreted it, it gave me garlic breath all night!)
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 – 4 glugs olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup cream / silken tofu

steam / boil the broccoli for 3 min or until bright green, chopped half of them into bite sized pieces, and chuck the other half in the food processor (don’t process them yet)

put basil leaves and garlic (if you prefer) in the food processor, blitz them together with the broccoli, add parmesan cheese, olive oil, and cream, process until creamy

season with salt and pepper

toss with hot cooked pasta, and the chopped broccoli florets

or you can also use it on a pizza base, a nice change from the usual tomato based pizza

 

For dessert, I had some fruit salad with grapefruit syrup, and yogurt / soy yogurt.

fruit salad

ingredients :

  • 2 medium grapefruits
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 punnets of strawberries
  • 1 large mango
  • 3 tbsp sugar

juice 1 grapefruit and lemon, add sugar, stir, heat it up in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and microwave it one more time for 30 seconds

chopped all the fruits bite sized pieces, (1 grapefruit, strawberries, mango, I imagine it would be good with kiwi fruit, but my husband hates kiwi fruit) transfer into a large bowl

drizzle with the grapefruit syrup, cover with cling film, and refrigerate for 2 – 3 hrs

serve with yogurt, ice cream, or you can even have it for breakfast, with muesli, and soy milk.

oh yeah, if anyone know how to diced mango perfectly, please share… 🙂

 

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Don Don, 321 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000 – (03) 9662 3377

Today was a really warm and humid day, felt like summer is coming to Melbourne 🙂  After finished my clinic class, I felt like something cold and fresh, and quick.. cause I was starved to death… I was meant to eat at CJs lunch takeaway @ hardware lane (the laneway that runs between Lt Lonsdale and Lonsdale St), but unfortunately, they didn’t serve lunch special after 2.30 pm. So I decided to head to Dondon. They don’t have a long list of menu, but they always packed, esecially during lunch hours. The service was really fast.. I mean REALLY FAST!! I’ve got my food before I’ve even finish collecting my change!

I ordered a bowl of soba salad (I think it was $7.20 or 7.40?). Although they call it salad, it was pretty much a meal for me. The soba served with tofu, inari (sweet tofu), seaweed, mixed leaves, and some vegies (broccoli and tomato), and strangely, I’ve got a tiny piece of watermelon as well. The soba were served with sesame oil and soy sauce cold dressing (In the picture, you won’t be able to see the soba, it was covered with mountain of vegies). It was a perfect lunch for summer-y day. I wish I get more of the miso paste smeared on top of the tofu though. But, overall, it was a nice, quick, and cheap lunch.

Oh yeah, beware of the pigeons if you’re sitting outside, they won’t hesitate attacking your meal. The girl who sat next to me was a victim.

 

rajee'sRajees Instant, 702 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056 (cnr Albion st and sydney rd)

(03) 9386 1181 ‎

After op shopping at savers and lazily strolling around sydney rd on warm-bright friday night (oh, how I love daylight saving!! ❤ ) we decided to eat at rajees. It’s a typical indian fast food restaurant, with most of the curry serve on bain marie (is that how you spell it?). But, their curry taste so much better than most of the indian fast food in CBD or food court. Their curries doesn’t leave a burning sensation in your belly after you had them. I had mix vegie curry (mild) and dahl (medium hot). The mix vegie curry had lots of vegies in it, most of them were carrots, which is good, cause I really hate mix vegie curry with 99% of it consist of potato chunks. The dahl was also good, a little spicier than the vegie, but the naan was really good. It was warm, and smeared generously with butter or maybe ghee, yumm.. I could just eat the naan by itself.

My hubby had butter chicken and palak paneer. He loved it, by the look of his empty plate, and the smile on his face. 🙂 The palak paneer was good, but, not enough paneer unfortunately. He had his curries with yelllow basmati rice, and while he was waiting for me to finish my food, he dug his pocket, and bought a vegie samosa for $2.

for 2 dinner meal we spent $13.50. ($6.50 vegie meal, $7 non vegie meal)

oh, dont forget the vegie samosa $2